Friday, May 1, 2015

Count the Omer 2015: Day 27


Day 27: Yesod within NetzachConnection within Endurance
Today's Omer reflection reminds me of one of the meditations before kaddish in Mishkan T'filah, the Reform siddur:
When I die give what's left of me away to children and old men that wait to die. And if you need to cry, cry for your brother walking the street beside you. And when you need me, put your arms around anyone and give them what you need to give me.
I want to leave you something, something better than words or sounds. Look for me in the people I've known or loved,and if you cannot give me way, at least let me live in your eyes and not in your mind.
You can love me best by letting hands touch hands,and by letting go of children that need to be free. Love doesn't die, people do. So, when all that's left of me is love, give me away.
I could have easily used this meditation for loving-kindness within endurance earlier this week, but I think that it fits better here. What this meditation reminds us is that love endures beyond death and that as long as we keep that love alive, it can strengthen our connections to others.